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Posts published in September 2018

Report: Crime drops in North Houston

North Houston District, HPD, Sheriff’s Office and Community Partners unite to keep district safe knocking out crime one talk at a time.

(HOUSTON, TX, Sept. 20) – During the hot, 100 degree summer days, members of the North Houston District Public Safety Task Force made multiple rounds by foot at apartment communities along Northborough Drive in Greenspoint as part of the Northborough Initiative Knock and Talks. The initiative, launched by the North Houston Management District in May, is a proactive approach to reducing and preventing crime in the area.

In January, the Houston Police Department (HPD), opened a new police station in the North Houston District at 100 Glenborough Drive as a partnership with the North Houston District. Known as the North Belt Division, the station is the hub for officers covering Willowbrook, Greenspoint and Bush Intercontinental Airport areas. Consequently, crime in the area has decreased 13 percent with an additional 11 percent decrease since bike patrol was implemented according to HPD.

“The progress that our law enforcement partners have made in the district in recent months is noticeable,” says Tracy Harrison, public safety director, North Houston District. “We plan on doing more to keep the area even safer,” says Harrison.

In a crime analysis completed in 2017, it was determined that the area in which most crimes occurred in the North Houston District (Greens Crossing, Greenspoint, Pinto Business Park and Airline Corridor) took place on Northborough Drive. Northborough Drive is located in the northwest quadrant of the district with approximately eight apartment communities.

One of the ways in which the Northborough Initiative task force hopes to make a positive impact is through active engagement with residents.

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NNO: Neighbors taking care of Neighbors

 

National Night Out (NNO) will be observed in a week, on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

National Night Out is an annual event to promote public safety and community involvement. It is held city-wide and nationally.

Come out and celebrate with your neighbors. A list of NNO events in our area follows:

• EAST ALDINE DISTRICT – Tuesday ,October 2, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at BakerRipley on Aldine-Mail Rte., 3000 Aldine Mail Rt. Houston, TX 77039.

• AIRLINE DISTRICT – Bellmar Civic Club & Northline Terrace Civic Club. Food, fun & Fellowship. Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 7822 Northline (corner of Northline & Canino), 6:30 pm – 8: 00 p.m.

• NORTH HOUSTON DISTRICT – National Night Out on Tuesday, October 2 at Wussow Park, 500 Greens Rd. from 5:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. Approximately 300 area residents and partners are expected.

Northside job fair hosts 40 employers, over 400 job seekers

Congressman Gene Green, right, Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney, center, with leaders at the Northside job fair.

HOUSTON, TX – Congressman Gene Green held his annual Northside Job Fair Monday morning, which hosted over 40 employers and more than 400 job candidates at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center arena. Many participants made connections with employers and began the interview process, others were offered jobs immediately.

“We had a great turnout of participants, and a very successful job fair,” Green said. “This event offers constituents an opportunity to interact with various companies in a wide variety of professions. We not only want to help people find employment, we want to help them move into higher-paying jobs so that they can get ahead and support their families.”

Over 40 companies and organizations participated in the event from both the public and private sector, and a variety of industries. Full-time, part-time and seasonal positions were advertised for an array of skill sets ranging from first-responders to engineers to educators.

MacArthur High School Car Show set Sep. 29

MacArthur High School Basketball Team will host a Car Show & BBQ Fundraiser this Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9 am – 1 pm, gates open at 8 am at MacArthur High School, 4400 Aldine Mail Rt., 77039. ENTER your RIDE! Call to register and reserve your spot at 210-378-7178, $25 entry fee. There will be 1st and 2nd place prizes for each category. Come and support the MacArthur Basketball team and enjoy great BBQ and beautiful rides.

Texas Ren Fest opens Sept. 29 with new themes and a Royal Season Pass

Texas Renaissance Festival festivities are held at Todd Mission, 50 miles north of Houston.

HOUSTON – Magic, merriment and majesty await at this year’s Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest Renaissance-themed event, now announcing unique themes for all nine festival weekends, from September 29 to November 25, 2018, and a brand new season pass, The Royal Pass.

In 2017, Texas Renaissance Festival saw its second highest attendance season, welcoming a total of 644,917 attendees, while facilitating 63 weddings, the most recorded in a single season. Texas Renaissance Festival also saw a 14 percent increase in campers from the previous year, hosting 23,000 guests in the campgrounds – suited perfectly for both those seeking nighttime thrills around a bonfire, and families seeking a quiet retreat with a place to shake off the fairy dust.

“We encourage the noblest lords and ladies of the land who are interested in purchasing Festival tickets to secure the Royal Pass at once to get the most savings — up to 68% off admission, with many free perks included, such as preferred parking and access to TRF After Dark,” says Texas Renaissance Festival General Manager Terre Albert. “We’re thrilled for our loyal patrons to take advantage of such bargains, and excited to see everyone for nine themed weekends this year!”

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Judge Emmett delivers “State of the County” report

HARRIS COUNTY JUDGE ED EMMETT delivered a State of the County report last week to a well attended luncheon at NRG Center.

Keynotes Progress, Optimism after Hurricane & Floods

Emmett says Partnerships Forged in Disasters Result In Greater Public Trust, More Efficient Responses To Challenges

HARRIS COUNTY – Harris County Judge Ed Emmett presented his 11th annual State of the County Address last Thursday, at a luncheon at NRG Center, on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ike’s devastating arrival, noting that county residents have emerged from recent natural disasters better prepared, better educated and more determined to take the steps needed to combat such challenges in the future.

Emmett focused on partnerships and sounded an optimistic tone, addressing a sold-out event of more than 1,000 attendees at the annual speech at the county-owned NRG Center. The event is sponsored by the Greater Houston Partnership.

He noted that a recent series of nearly two dozen “community engagement meetings” focusing on the county’s recent $2.5 billion flood bond issue resulted not only in an overwhelming margin of victory, but further strengthened the ties between Harris County residents and their employees and officials.

“It was an amazing sight to behold,” Emmett said. “At every meeting, county residents of all types met face-to-face with county employees, many of whom spend most of their time behind desks. Suddenly, a human element came into focus instead of abstract numbers and plans. County employees were energized, and the public believed and trusted them. On Aug. 25th, the one-year anniversary of Harvey, Harris County voters approved the flood mitigation bond with 86% voting yes. On that day, Harris County became truly Harris County Strong.”

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UH Alumni association honors East Aldine’s David Hawes

David Hawes

Join alumni, students, faculty, and other guests of the UH MPA program will attend the 3rd Annual UH MPA Alumni Association Banquet. This year they will be honoring an alumni of the program, East Aldine Executive Director David Hawes.

UH MPA says that “David embodies what is taught in the UH MPA program throughout all of its rich courses – servitude and leadership. This is only a small gesture of appreciation and honoring of a man who has offered so much to the UH MPA community and beyond.”

David Hawes is the Executive Director of the East Aldine Management District, serving in this position since the creation of the District. He specializes in the creation, management, and administration of special purpose districts and zones. He develops project plans and project financing plans to aid stakeholders in reaching community development objectives.

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HURRICANE SEASON: Harris County residents urged to monitor weather

Harris County residents are urged to monitor the weather forecast and use extreme caution if venturing out into rainy conditions according to the current forecast. Portions of Harris County could receive up to four inches of additional rain especially south of I-10 as a weather system moves into the Gulf of Mexico and has the potential to impact the Texas coast with showers and thunderstorms.

As of now, bayous, creeks and tributaries are expected to remain within banks, but roadways and streets may become impassable. Commuters are urged to avoid high water and flooded streets throughout the county and to proceed with caution when driving on area roadways – Turn Around Don’t Drown!

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Huge crowd hears BETO at Aldine Town Hall meeting

Beto spoke for about 45 minutes on important issues, saying Texas deserves an accountable, full-time Senator who is committed to working tirelessly for the citizens of the state. Beto is running against incumbent Senator Ted Cruz.

ALDINE – A huge crowd of several thousand supporters turned out for a Beto O’Rourke rally and Town Hall meeting last Saturday, at the Escapade Club on the Eastex Freeway.

Beto, as he likes to be called, is running for the U. S. Senate in the November election, against incumbent Ted Cruz. Beto is on the Democratic ticket, and Cruz on the Republican.

Beto, who is now a Congressman from El Paso, has been campaigning vigorously for months, bringing a grass roots style to his message. He has raised more money than Cruz, all of it on small personal donations. He points out that he has not accepted any PAC or corporate money, which is the mainstay of Cruz’s backing.

Beto told the crowd that this was one of the largest town halls he has had, even though he has appeared in every Texas County.

Some of the issues that he spoke about include getting “big money” out of politics, and not catering to special interest groups.

He has a special message for veterans, wanting to improve their healthcare, disability claims, and housing.

Several thousand enthusiastic supporters gathered last Saturday in the Escapade Club on the Eastex Freeway, to hear Beto O’Rourke, candidate for the U. S. Senate, speak on issues that make up his campaign.

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Grandparents Raising Grandkids strengthens families with annual conference

ABOVE, A. Corbett with the Harris County Emergency Corps explains how to properly use a car seat for infants.

This September, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group of Aldine-Harris County, hosted its 15th Annual Family Strengthening Conference!

The Conference is a community service event provided to help awareness of health, family issues, and many more situations that Grandparents and kinship face with raising children and the entire family. Participants were offered free health screenings, school supplies, education materials designed to promote personal health and well-being, and a variety of resources from keynote speakers and agencies.

The community had a fun filled day of informative information, health screenings, demonstrations, a fun day for the children, teenagers, and much more!

Congressman Gene Green tours immigrant children’s shelter

This building at 15101 I-10 East Frontage Road, now houses about 200 immigrant children most of whom crossed into the U.S. without their parents. The building was formerly the Kindred Hospital, and before that the East Department of the East Houston Hospital. It has been run by Southwest Key Programs as a shelter for undocumented children for several years. Last week Congressman Gene Green toured the facility, to learn how the children are being cared for, and how federal dollars are being spent.

HOUSTON – Sitting anonymously along the feeder road at I-10 near Beltway 8, a three story building that was once a hospital now houses over 200 children that are unaccompanied immigrants. In most cases, these young people were apprehended at the Mexican border, and detained by U.S. authorities until their disposition. This could be sending them back to their own country, or finding adult sponsors in the U.S.

On Monday, August 20, Congressman Gene Green, accompanied by State Senator Sylvia Garcia and State Representative Ana Hernandez, made an inspection tour of the facility. Green told this newspaper that he had a difficult time getting access, even though the federal government is paying for the program that supervises the children. In an earlier foray, Garcia and Hernandez had been refused admission, and blocked by armed guards from entry, as reported in this newspaper. Green said that the Southwest Key Program group, that runs the shelter, required two weeks notice and vetted those who wanted to go on the tour.

All three legislators wanted to see the facility and talked with the children, because the building is in their district, and they are ultimately responsible for its financing.

Green explained to this newspaper that the program is administered by the U. S. HHS, or Housing and Human Services administration, and South west Key and other groups contract with the government to care for the children until their situation can be resolved.

Green said that presently there are 206 children in the facility, boys and girls ages 12 to 16. He said they live in dormitories, one gender per floor, and occupy their time with classroom work, recreation, and relaxation. Green said that he did not observe any conditions that alarmed him, and the children seemed well taken care of. In addition to recreation on the property, the kids are also taken to a nearby county park named Gene Green Park. This was dedicated in that name by the County Commissioner at that time, Sylvia Garcia. They also have a soccer field, and basketball court on the property, he said. Green said that most of the children he spoke with said they came from Central American countries, namely Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Only a few were from Mexico or other countries.

Asked what he would change or improve, Green indicated the facility was acceptable as is, but the real problem was federal policy that was separating children from their parents at the border, or like these children at the North Shore shelter, incarcerating them until their cases can be heard by a federal agency in charge of their future.

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